Ravens receiver T. Taylor likely to miss four games

He has re-injured groin, is 4th starter sidelined

Hymes to start Sunday

September 15, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Receiver Travis Taylor probably will miss the Ravens' next four games after re-injuring his groin in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns, team officials confirmed last night.

Taylor, who missed the final two games of the preseason because of the injury, was hurt again in the first quarter of the season opener running a deep post pattern.

Randy Hymes replaced Taylor for the rest of that game and will start in his place Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens, who have a bye Oct. 17, hope to have Taylor back for their Oct. 24 home game against the Buffalo Bills.

Taylor is the fourth starter declared out for Sunday's home opener, joining linebacker Peter Boulware (knee), center Mike Flynn (collarbone) and nose tackle Kelly Gregg (knee).

"Given he has had the history with it, it would probably be prudent to let him rest until the bye," Billick said of Taylor.

Taylor, who had one catch for 5 yards against the Browns, has not missed a game since the 2000 season, when he sat out the last seven regular-season games and the four-game playoff run with a fractured collarbone.

In his fifth year out of Florida, Taylor will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. The setback means he will have trouble reaching his career highs of 61 catches, 869 yards and six touchdowns, all set in 2002.

Taylor's loss also leaves the Ravens with just four healthy receivers on the roster, including two rookies in Devard Darling and Clarence Moore.

Team officials said they are unlikely to sign a free-agent receiver.

"Devard and Clarence have to step up and be part of the rotation," Billick said. "We'll see what we can get done."

Next for Ravens

Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) vs. Ravens (0-1)

Site: M&T Bank Stadium

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 13/WJFK (1300 AM), WQSR (102.7 FM)

Line: Ravens by 4

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